Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng says he is finally ready to make a move to the English Premier League.
The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and according to newspaper Titan24, the transfer should be finalised before the end of next week's transfer window.
"I'm very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation," Titan24 quoted Zhang as saying.
"I've worked hard and waited these five-six years for my dream of playing overseas, and finally have recognition from the English Premier League.
"Although I'm unable to play Premier League directly [because of work permit issues], I believe [Chelsea] will have the most professional arrangements regarding my permit.
"I have no worries at all about the negotiations."